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I have a CGM, and

Started this discussion. Last reply by Sheila May 20, 2011. 21 Replies

it has two arrows next to it showing 172, so what I am going todo, because all that I have been having is problems with this $^&&%#@ device!I almost am being forced to go back on injections!I…Continue

I was 16 and

Started May 10, 2011 0 Replies

starting to learn to fly planes, but since I had diabetes, I was unable to fly solo:( It could have been a GOD sent? Could have crashed and burned?So, now I skydive without a chute:) So much fun when…Continue


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KellyDH and rickyd7 are now friends
Nov 16, 2012
rickyd7 commented on Manny Hernandez's group 'Minimed Paradigm Insulin Pump Users'
"I have been having BS#s over 300, does it matter where you have to inject the site at? Or even the sensor? Just wondering where the ideal place would be? And I think that I have been having over 300s because I might be sick? I have started meds, so…"
Oct 15, 2011
rickyd7 replied to Anna Banana's discussion 'I miss my cousin'
"I used to Live in N.J. near Wayne, or Morristown, Morris County! BUTLER to be exact! What town will he be in? I know a lot of PDs for different towns! Rick"
Sep 23, 2011
rickyd7 commented on Manny Hernandez's group 'Minimed Paradigm Insulin Pump Users'
"saw a lot of possitiveness from the dexcom use!"
Sep 23, 2011
rickyd7 commented on Manny Hernandez's group 'Minimed Paradigm Insulin Pump Users'
"I haven't heard much about the omnipod, but I have saw some about the Dexcom! I wonder how that is for some, I have the MM CGM!"
Sep 23, 2011
rickyd7 replied to Ruthie's discussion 'Ever STOP using your pump and go back to shots?' in the group Minimed Paradigm Insulin Pump Users
"YES, you are right I am kinda upset, I wasn't instructed in them proper way in using the pump from the CDE I originally had, felt like I was on a crash course, for them to get to the next person. Was put on the CGM within 2 weeks after going on…"
Sep 3, 2011
rickyd7 replied to Ruthie's discussion 'Ever STOP using your pump and go back to shots?' in the group Minimed Paradigm Insulin Pump Users
"I dislike diabetes, A LOT! I have been a pumper for like three years? Was on an Animus pump, for like two years, now on a MM with a CGM, I also have been seeing a lot of positive comments about the Dexcom CGM. I am so used to highs, had like a 350+…"
Sep 3, 2011
rickyd7 replied to Ruthie's discussion 'Ever STOP using your pump and go back to shots?' in the group Minimed Paradigm Insulin Pump Users
"I WANT to, sometimes go back on shots, I have had this piece of junk at times MM 723 Paradigm with a CGM, and like today had over 300s. So I just continually bolus to try to correct it, and if I have a low, oh well, get to eat some sweets?It is sooo…"
Sep 3, 2011

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I DISLIKE this pump 723 mm with a CGM!

Posted on July 24, 2011 at 9:41pm 2 Comments

I adjust my basals rates myself because I don't get any help from MM what so ever! I asked numerous times for a CDE to reteach me this dumb piece, with not any calls! SO, I am my own doctor now, adjust my basal rates constantly, because of NO help!
I just moved to Nokomis FL, without a doctor, or any help from an endo, or MM with this!
OH WELL, the best doctor is yourself it seems, by self medicating yourself!

I got to put that child lock on my pump!

Posted on June 26, 2011 at 7:02am 1 Comment

I have a sensor, and it will a lot of times remind me that my BS is going up, so I give myself insulin, then sometimes 5 mins later it warns me again, sometimes I will clear it, but then sometimes if it has been over an hour I will give more, especially when there is two arrows! And it hasn't leveled off even yet! (meaning that there isn't any arrows)

My stress level was waaaaaaaaaaayyyyyyy lower when I was on shots, this pump will be the death of me yet!

I am getting almost to the… Continue

ISF, LOL, what a joke my MM rep was!

Posted on June 22, 2011 at 9:44pm 1 Comment

She didn't teach me anything. ISF is at 80, for 24 hours I guess? I will someday figure this thing out, if I don't ......? Oh well? Range is 70-120, active time is 2hrs, 1=15gs. Isn't there like pumping with a MM Paradigm pump, for dummies section?

I will have to be on hold after the 27th til I get down to FL I am moving there, so I kinda am at a stale mate for managing my diabetes, then I might find a new cde down there?

Oh while I am moving down, I have 2 bottles in the refrig, can… Continue

going to be moving to FL soon, does anyone know of any endos there,

Posted on June 19, 2011 at 10:38pm 4 Comments

I will be moving to Nokomis FL, 34275!

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At 10:04pm on August 15, 2011, Natalie ._c- said…
Happy to be your friend, you funny kid! (I'm 63, so I get to call you a kid!) :-)
At 5:14pm on May 31, 2011, Doris D said…
I have the hypo unawareness going on all the time and can get to 20 and not feel it. After I fall down to below 20 it's seizure time for me. I don't know maybe like Marie & Scott E said maybe?
At 3:49am on May 17, 2011, Marie B said…
just wondering - I think a visit to a CDE would be a good idea - certified diabetes educator. I went to a marvelous one in Warwick NY and she got all my settings straightened out three years ago. Maybe Joe in Morristown knows a good one down there. I know he likes his doctor/endo,
At 8:11pm on May 16, 2011, Scott E said…
I'm not suggesting you give up on the pump altogether (I'm sure you paid a pretty penny to get it!), just go back to injections until you have a doctor that knows how to properly get you started on it....
At 7:47pm on May 16, 2011, Scott E said…
Hey Ricky... I've been reading your comments on the pump and CGM all over this site. Obviously it's not working for you. I really think you should take time off from it and go back to MDI (hoping that worked for you), provided you have the right prescriptions and insulin. Maybe you haven't been trained well on the pump, maybe you somehow got shipped a defective unit, or maybe it's just not right for you.

Either way, it seems your doc gave you the newfangled device and sent you off on your merry way without any follow-up. Also, starting you on a pump and a CGM at the same time was, in my mind, a mistake. The pump is complicated enough to learn on its own; mix in a new CGM at the same time, which is a whole different batch of skills to learn and understand, and it's a setup for disaster. Some docs like to push technology for the sake of technology, and I think that's what yours did. His/her mistake, not yours, not Medtronic's.

Honestly, the pump is pretty good (I've got the same one) but you need time off to let your feelings towards it fade a bit -- the problem may be how you got set up on it, not on the pump itself. Do yourself a favor and take a break -- then call Medtronic and ask for a doctor they recommend in your area, someone who knows the pump and knows it well. That's what I did and I couldn't be happier. I can't believe I spent as much time with my previous doc as I did, but when I got this new one, I realized that the difference is like night and day. Medtronic gave me a couple of doctors near me (I live a bit south of you): one in Fairfield and one in Wayne, but because of insurance and availability, I am with a doctor now in Morristown. He is excellent --- but it took three months before he could schedule a first appointment. If you need names, let me know.

Good luck. If it's stressing you out and making you feel sick, it's not worth it. Go back to what you know, until you are given a realistic chance to know how the pump works.
At 8:11am on May 9, 2011, Joe said…
sick like a dog. head cold and chest - coughing this sucks. haven't felt good in a week and I am getting aggravated. oh well, I am home today and taking it easy - could be worse. regarding the pump, well it took me 29 years to decide to pump, I have used minimed for ~4 years now and and it's okay. there's no magic bullet ya' know. control is dicey and tricky. no one can tell you the best way to go. I did pretty good on shots, but with a crazy schedule and a basal rate that just won't work for shots, pumping was a good switch for me. not that it's perfect.... all-in-all it just sucks less than shots for me =). soooo what's the biggest challenge, is it going low? there are a lot of new variables with the pump over shots, it took me a year to get my programming right... if there's something you need help with just ask. cheers!
At 12:08pm on May 7, 2011, Joe said…
hey rick, just saw your friend request - yep we're kinda neighbors. hey just being nosey, you doing okay?
At 7:10pm on May 4, 2011, Amy said…
Rick, your comments on my page...you are sounding down. I may be biased because I have been with Medtronic since I started pumping, but it is a good pump. There is a learning curve and it seems like you were not happy with your trainer. Call Medtronic and ask for another session with someone else. Express to them your displeasure with the trainer that you had. I am sorry that you had a bad experience, but there are good CDE's out there. Have you posted any of your questions in the Medtronic forum on Tu?
I have different Carb ratios depending on the time of day. Sensitivity is how much 1 unit of insulin will cause your blood sugar to drop. I also have different sensitivity settings depending on the time of day for that as well. If I recall, at least when I first went on the pump 15 grams of Carb for 1 unit of insulin was the standard to start with. I am not sure if that has changed. With that said everyone is different.
I am not sure if any of this was helpful. Feel free to message me with your questions and I will try to help and/or point you in the right direction. Again, don't give up on the Medtronic pump just yet. Try to get another training session. Have you read the book Pumping Insulin...or it may be called Think like a Pancreas? A lot of people here like it. I can not really comment on it because I have a personal indifference to the author from many years ago when I knew him. Let me know how things go! Hang in there.
At 3:45am on May 4, 2011, Sheila said…
Hi Ricky. I am on Morse Avenue - # 26. I have HUGE amounts of information about Type 1. All the experiences I have gone through. I have travelled the world. I was born in Scotland - raised in Kenya, East Africa and now live here in US. I work a 10 hour day, have had two wonderful children and my husband and I own a Harley and we ride most weekends. I can tell you - that there is nothing, nothing you cannot do just because you have diabetes. Diabetes is a very personal disease and you really have to manage it the best you can. I am no expert and what works for me may not work for anybody else. Just have fun and live life to the fullest and don't ever think Diabetes can drag you down.
Send me an e-mail I am more than happy to answer any questions you may have.
At 11:51am on May 3, 2011, Robyn said…
Yep!!!!over 450 and under 30. Thanks for the friend invite and glad you like the music. Have a good one!



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